iSono Health (YC W16) is Building an Affordable At-Home Ultrasound for Breast Health Monitoring

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in women. One in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. While mammograms are the current standard of care, they do have significant limitations. Mammograms fail to detect breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue, who are already at higher risk for breast cancer. Furthermore, insurance companies typically do not cover the cost of exams for women under 50.

iSono Health is a company launching out of our Winter 2016 class that wants to empower women to take charge of their health through proactive, at-home screenings. Their first product is an affordable and automated ultrasound device that only takes 2 minutes to use. This device captures 3D ultrasound images that can later be accessed through its secure app.

Using a machine-learning algorithm that track changes over time, iSono Health can detect abnormal growths at their earliest stages. If the app detects any abnormalities, it automatically shares the images with a radiologist, who then provides feedback directly to the user. With gradual monitoring, users have access to accurate and actionable data that can potentially save lives.

Both co-founders, Dr. Maryam Ziaei and Dr. Shadi Saberi, had close family members and friends battle breast cancer. As a result, they wanted to build an affordable solution that helps detect breast cancer early on. Dr. Ziaei graduated from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and developed sensors for consumer electronics. Dr. Saberi graduated with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon and worked at Broadcom since 2012, developing circuits and systems.

iSono Health will be launching a crowdfunding campaign soon. Sign up for updates here.

Soundboks (YC W16) is Making the World’s Loudest Battery-Powered Speaker

Soundboks is a company in our Winter 2016 class that has created the first and only portable speaker capable of throwing a real party. It is shockproof, weatherproof, and temperature resistant.

Stanley Goodner wrote about Soundboks in Gizmag:

“For pool events, camping, or backyard cookouts, boombox-sized speakers can be found supplying ample amounts of audio. We've reviewed the audiophile-grade Nano HiFi NH1 as well as the rugged JBL Xtreme, both of which delivered appreciably well. But they likely pale in comparison to the Soundboks, which houses a pair each of 96 dB low-frequency drivers, 98 dB high-frequency dynamic drivers, sound pressure level (SPL) speaker units, and 42 W digital amps.

Soundboks uses custom-designed amplifiers that help to enhance battery life while optimizing sound for outdoor usage. With its dual-phase boost function, this speaker is designed to generate up to maximum 119 dB of sound. The volume dial – quite literally – turns to an 11 for an experience similar to that of a live concert.”

Read the full story here and learn more about Soundboks from their Kickstarter campaign

OSVehicle (YC W16) Lets You Create Custom Electric Vehicles

Traditionally, manufacturing or even prototyping new vehicular models meant high barriers to entry due to the exorbitant costs of Research and Development. This meant that new vehicles were only available to big name brands like Ford or Chrysler who could afford to invest the time and money.

OSVehicle is a company launching out of our Winter 2016 class that allows anyone to create customized electric vehicles using their open source platform and modular technology, Tabby Evo. By reducing R&D costs and eliminating the need for a factory, OSVehicle enables smaller companies and even individuals to build a fully working prototype in less than an hour. The lifetime of the product is also extended as users can replace, adapt, and upgrade different components.

Normally, manufacturing a similar prototype cost around $100k, not including the R&D costs, but OSVehicle delivers the same product at a third of the price. Based on previous projects, this ready-to-use technology saves companies about 3 years in R&D and roughly $2M.

The two co-founders of OSVehicle are Italian-born Tin Hang Liu and Yuki Liu. The two previously worked at Italchina, their family company that helped Italian enterprises enter the Chinese market.

Learn more about OSVehicle here or check out their video here.

PhysioHealth (YC W16) Rewards Employees for Staying Healthy

Human Resources invest an enormous amount of energy and resources into employee health initiatives given that prolonged sitting is associated with a 40% increase in mortality. However, their efforts are often ineffective because the goals are set by HR staff rather than employees. The goals end up being too broad, and fail to take into account individual variability and employee motivation. As such, employees feel that the expected goals are too daunting or even discriminatory. This wasted effort accumulates as employers traditionally spends $150 to $200 in cash incentives per employee.

PhysioHealth is a company in our Winter 2016 class that allows employees to take ownership of their health while reducing costs for employers. PhysioHealth is an app that introduces 1 minute workouts throughout the day to help prevent back pain and mental stress. PhysioHealth goes a step beyond current apps by providing coaching in a consumer-centric way while gathering data. The app alerts you when you’ve been sitting or standing for too long, and delivers instructional stretching and breathing exercises. But staying active outside the office is also important. PhysioHealth integrates with AppleHealth, GoogleFit, Fitbit, Jawbone, Runkeeper, Swarm and more to suggest new places to exercise or when it’s time for vaccinations.

PhysioHealth offers a rewards network with brands at no additional cost. This complements and increases ROI on cost-heavy wellness programs already in use. They recently ran a pilot and saw a 27% increase in productivity, 23% decrease in lower back pains, and a 54% increase in staying active during the day.

Firdevs and Melike Abacioglu are the two Turkish sisters behind PhysioHealth. They both hold MBAs from Harvard, and are former financial investors & strategy consultants who have experienced the effects of working long hours. While they have worked for and consulted Fortune 500 companies, Melike and Firdevs want to draw attention to employee health and productivity. They currently work with a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists, gamers, dietitians, orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists and yoga experts.

PhysioHealth is available in the US and in Europe.

Learn more about PhysioHealth here.

Castle (YC W16) Analyzes User Data to Stop Hackers

Quickly growing startups often do not have the resources to prioritize security at the same level as more established tech firms. But regardless of a company's size, loss of user data is a top risk to any digital service -- particularly for startups in the finance, health, or B2B spaces.

Castle is a company launching out of our Winter 2016 class that provides top-level security monitoring so that apps, no matter what their size, can protect their users' data.

Castle's technology looks at user behavior to identify who is likely to have their account compromised. Developers simply drop in a line of code into any website or mobile app, and Castle will look for suspicious login patterns without bothering the legitimate user, nor the site administrator. Castle's fully-automated anti-hijack engine identifies potential account compromises based on where the user logs in from and how they navigate the site.

Since its launch last month, Castle now has more than 150 live deployments. Find out more about Castle and its technology at castle.io.

Airmada (YC W16) Helps Companies Make the Most Out of Automated Drones


It is widely agreed that the drone services industry is exploding. The elephant in the room of this economy, however, is that enterprise drone operations as they're done today cannot scale -- and thus are frequently more expensive than competing alternatives. The drone flight itself is already fully autonomous, but it is only a small part of the process.

Airmada is a company in our Winter 2016 class that has created a platform to help companies handle some of the difficult to manage details around commercial drone use. Airmada builds and deploys drone terminals on customers' sites that drastically reduce the cost of operating drones.

TechCrunch's Jay Donovan wrote about Airmada in a story published today:

"There are many problems that are currently holding back commercial use of drones. You have to know how to fly them or set up autonomous flight. You have to transport them to the right location where they are needed. You need qualified inspection and maintenance.

Despite these barriers, there are many companies still in need of drones for everything from precision agriculture, to aerial photography to small maritime deliveries.

[Airmada founders Dan] Danay and [Boris] Lipchin are aiming at all of these categories with their offering, however maritime deliveries are especially ripe for disruption, according to the duo."

Read the full story on TechCrunch here.

CareSkore (YC W16) Helps Healthcare Organizations Assess Risk to Deliver Better Patient Care

Hospitals and healthcare providers are held accountable for the quality of care they provide by the Affordable Care Act. They are penalized for re-admissions, over-utilizations of services, and hospital acquired conditions like pneumonia or surgical site infections. If a patient is readmitted within 30-days after being discharged, hospitals risk having their reimbursement reduced or nullified. Healthcare organizations waste over $180 billion every year due to a poor understanding of their patients’ clinical risks. This risk profiling is typically done by insurance companies, who are often slow and have poor results because they only use claims data.

CareSkore is a company launching out of our current Winter 2016 class that mitigates that risk through individualized, disease-specific workflows and patient care plans. Through a combination of clinical, lab, demographic, and behavioral data from hospitals, CareSkore’s algorithm provides ongoing, real-time, and highly precise predictions for every admitted patient. These predictions are all fully automated and thus create highly customized action plans.

One of the co-founders and Chief Medical Officer of CareSkore is Dr. Puneet Dhillon Grewal, MD. She is also an Internal Medicine physician and Cardiologist. She is currently a Cardiology Fellow at Rosalind Franklin University of Medical Sciences, where she also completed her residency. The other co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of CareSkore is Jaspinder Grewal. He is a computer engineer and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has 13 years of experience working with large health systems, managing technology, and operations.

Currently, CareSkore is available to hospitals, health systems, and integrated delivery networks in the United States. They have also been getting international interest from Europe and Asia.

Learn more about CareSkore here.

WorldCover (YC W16) is Peer-to-Peer Funded Crop Insurance in the Developing World

Right now, farmers in Africa and in much of the developing world who get hit by drought lose more than just their income -- they lose the ability to pay for school fees for their children and provide complete meals for their family.

Unlike in the United States and other parts of the developed world, there is little to no social safety net to fall back on when the rains don’t come. When the rains do come, they are erratic and hard to predict, as climate change is causing extreme weather in many places, especially sub-Saharan Africa. The mere threat of drought makes traditional lending firms see farmers as risky borrowers, and causes them to under-invest in their farms. Making matters worse, traditional insurance is generally not available to these farmers.

WorldCover is a company launching out of our Winter 2016 class that provides a new solution to these issues, with a peer-to-peer funded lending platform that provides customers in developing countries with insurance against natural disasters, and gives investors diversified returns and direct social impact. WorldCover's unique funding and pricing model allows them to underwrite farmers in the developing world profitably and confidently.

WorldCover has first launched its business model in Ghana in West Africa, a population of 27 million people. 95% of Ghana’s agriculture population are smallholder farmers, with less than 5 hectares of land -- exactly the kind of market that has been under-served by existing insurance providers.

Based on its success thus far in Ghana, WorldCover expects that its model could expand to work across the entire developing world, where 500 million smallholder farming households feed 80% of the population. Ultimately, this approach could scale far beyond drought insurance, to provide protection against other risks.

Find out more about WorldCover by visiting their website here.


GetAccept (YC W16) Helps Salespeople Close More Deals

Closing a sales deal often requires a lot of persistence and follow-through. Unfortunately, many deals fall through the cracks at some point before they cross the finish line, thanks to the messy and time-consuming nature of passing the necessary documents back and forth through email.

GetAccept is a company launching out of our Winter 2016 class that helps salespeople take full advantage of their sales opportunities and close more deals cleanly and quickly, with a workflow that helps them design, track and market sales documents through to the point that they're e-signed on the dotted line.

VentureBeat's Ken Yeung wrote about GetAccept in a post published today:
"Sixty percent of proposals never get signed, according to [GetAccept] cofounder Mathias Thulin. He attributes it to a lack of structured workflow for salespeople: 'They don’t know where to follow up or are lazy.' GetAccept aims to automate the process to convert more missed opportunities into signed deals. It incorporates different behavioral decisions you’ve made to push the deal forward, such as sending your sale an email or SMS reminder, along with retargeting display campaigns.

A messaging service is also included, giving salespeople another way to communicate with their leads. The idea is to continue building trust from the point between when a quote is sent over to when the deal is actually signed."

Read the full story and see screenshots of GetAccept in action here.

StealthWorker (YC W16) is a Marketplace for Talented Cybersecurity Specialists

The rising trend of hacking has resulted in damaged brands, fraud, and theft of personal identifiable information (PII). The need for cybersecurity professionals has drastically increased, with over a million cybersecurity jobs still unfilled. Unfortunately, there are not enough qualified people (CISSPs) to meet that demand. Therefore, finding and hiring qualified experts can be time-consuming and costly.

StealthWorker is a company launching out of our current Winter 2016 class that tackles this issue by connecting businesses with qualified cybersecurity specialists on its marketplace. Founder, Dr. Ken Baylor knows how hard it is to find competent security staff after serving as a CISO for over 10 years. Previously, he has led security teams at Symantec, Pivotal Software, Wells Fargo, and McAfee. In addition to holding a CISSP, Dr. Baylor also holds a law degree, MBA, and Ph.D.

Instead of moving cybersecurity experts from one full-time job to the next, StealthWorker allows companies to hire specialists for specific tasks like penetration testing (pen testing). Pen testing is when a third-party acts as a hacker and attempts to compromise a server to steal data. By eliminating a lengthy hiring process, CISSPs are operational within weeks and can add immediate value. This solution drastically reduces the cost of hiring a security team while maximizing a security expert’s efficiency.

StealthWorker is launching in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Learn more about StealthWorker here.